Slain Panola County deputy's family receives mortgage-free home

Deputy Chris Dickerson is pictured with wife Krista, and their two daughters, Kensley and Chelsey.

The family of a slain Panola County deputy received a mortgage-free home this week thanks to a foundation that works to support first responders, veterans and their families.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced Wednesday that the late Deputy Chris Dickerson's family would receive a new home as part of its Fallen First Responder Home Program.

“Every day, our nation’s first responders like Deputy Dickerson put their lives on the line," Foundation Chair and CEO Frank Siller said. "It is our duty to help their families when they don’t make it home. We can never replace what Krista and her girls have lost, but our hope is that this home will provide them with some sense of security."

Dickerson was shot and killed Dec. 31 while conducting a traffic stop. He was an eight-year veteran of the Panola County Sheriff's Office, and before that served in the Texas Army National Guard.

Dickerson is surved by his wife Krista and daughters Kensley and Chelsey.

“This foundation has made a world of difference for my girls and I," Krista Dickerson said. "We are extremely blessed that the Tunnels to Towers Foundation is taking care of a major need for my daughters and I. We are extremely grateful and deeply touched that the foundation has helped our family in this extremely difficult time. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts."

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s mission is to honor the sacrifice of FDNY Firefighter Stephen Siller, who died others on Sept. 11, 2001. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation has spent more than $250 million to honor and support first responders and veterans and their families.